XOJet Aviation is in the midst of a fleet refurbishment program for 16 of its medium-cabin twinjets that will mean new interiors and exterior paint for some of its oldest Challenger 300s and exterior paint for its Cessna Citation Xs, the latter of which senior v-p for maintenance operations Todd Hattaway said was much needed. “I had some [Citation Xs] that honestly needed to be repainted that were probably slightly overdue from a…program perspective,” Hattaway said.
Begun in February, the refresh program is an effort to align the XOJet Aviation Challenger 300 fleet with that of the interiors and exteriors of the VistaJet Challenger 350 fleet. (Both companies are units of Vista Global Holdings.) In addition, VistaJet's silver and red livery will be applied to XOJet's Citation Xs.
For the Challenger 300s, the interior refresh includes seats, carpets, trim, cabinets, and other soft goods, as well as TCAS 7.1 upgrades. “The XO fleet was primarily a U.S. flying operation where TCAS 7.1 was not a requirement,” Hattaway noted. However, before the Covid-19 pandemic the Challenger 300s were increasingly seeing more use for island travel, prompting XOJet Aviation to make the decision to add TCAS 7.1 across its Challenger fleet.
Also, it is trying out a Cobalt Aerospace wireless charging pad in the cabin of a couple of the refurbished Challengers to see whether clients like the system that charges phones and other mobile devices without a cable. “We’ll see what the feedback is,” Hattaway said as to whether it adds the charging pads to more aircraft in the fleet.
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